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Funeral of South Tyneside skydiver to take place

Credit: family photo

The funeral of Pamela Gower, who died following a skydive in Shotton earlier this month, will take place this morning.

Pamela, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, was found on a road close to the airfield at Shotton Colliery, where her plane had taken off. The funeral service will be held at South Shields Crematorium.

In a statement Pamela's parents, Catherine and Len, said Pamela was a 'determined, independent woman.'

Pamela was a great girl who was loved by her family so much and was a wonderful daughter and sister. Pamela was a very determined and independent woman who let nothing get in her way and we feel this photograph of her next to the Taj Mahal is a perfect example of this.

Our mam always told Pamela how proud she was of her, as was the rest of our family. We will remember how she always saw the funny side of things, just like her ‘Da’.

– The parents of Pamela Gower

Josef Craig wins bronze at Rio

Josef Craig wins bronze in Rio Credit: PA

Jarrow Paralympian Josef Craig has won a bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle S8 final.

The 19-year-old touched in 58.19 seconds behind Chinese champion Wang Yinan while teammate Oliver Hynd was fourth in 58.85.

Josef, who swims for the City of Sunderland, was reclassified from the S7 class to S8 after turning 18.


Police confirm identity of skydive death woman

The site in Shotton where Pamela Gower landed.

Durham Police have now confirmed the identity of a woman who died when her parachute failed to open properly during a skydive.

Pamela Gower was 49 years old and from Hebburn, in South Tyneside.

She was found in a housing estate in Shotton Colliery where she had landed on a car.

Ms Gower was airlifted to the James Cook Memorial Hospital in Middlesbrough where she died yesterday evening.

The police said the coroner had been informed and a post mortem examination would be carried out in due course.

A spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with Miss Gower’s family at this difficult time."

Warning of the dangers of hay fires

Police have issued a warning to teenagers after a 'substantial amount of damage' was caused by hay bales being set fire to in Sunderland and on South Tyneside.

"Youths may think it is a bit of fun to set fire to hay and start fires in fields however I want to warn them that what they are doing is incredibly dangerous and the consequences could be far reaching. We know fire is dangerous and it does not take much for a hay fire to spread with the potential to not just cause substantial damage but seriously injure or even kill someone.

"If that happens those who are responsible will face serious consequences. We believe those who are responsible are young children and would ask their parents make sure they are aware of the risk involved in setting fires and know where they are and what they are doing when they are out playing."

– Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Beattie
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